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Mayor Bloomberg Says Cops Should Go On Strike Until Americans Give Up Their Guns

Mike Riggs
July 26th, 2012

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg told CNN’s Piers Morgan last night that he doesn’t “understand why police officers across this country don’t stand up collectively and say we’re going to go on strike, we’re not going to protect you unless you, the public, through your legislature, do what’s required to keep us safe.”

We’ve been hearing a lot of that recently. Earlier this year, The New York Times reprinted a Department of Justice press release and slapped this lede on top of it: “As violent crime has decreased across the country, a disturbing trend has emerged: Rising numbers of police officers are being killed.”

Bloomberg and The New York Times are both wrong:

  • In 2008, ten times more civilians regular people were killed by cops than cops were killed by perps.
  • In 2011, 72 cops were shot and killed in the entire U.S.; in L.A. County alone, cops shot and killed54 suspects the same year–22 percent of those people were unarmed.
  • As Scott Reeder reported at Reason this morning, “Farmers, ranchers, commercial fishermen, loggers, garbage collectors, truck drivers, construction workers, pilots, steel workers, roofers, and others are far more likely to face death on the jobs than police or firefighters, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.”
  • And as Choire Sicha wrote earlier this year, “2008 was the ten-year low for police officers being killed, and 2012 is, so far, year-to-date, down 49% from last year.”

Bloomberg, the commander of “the seventh biggest army in the world” went on to say that “police officers want to go home to their families. And we’re doing everything we can to make their job more difficult, but more importantly, more dangerous, by leaving guns in the hands of people who shouldn’t have them and letting people who have those guns buy things like armor piercing bullets.’’


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  • Sable

    maybe the cops should go on strike, then, we can deal with the vermin on our on terms, then, there will be less on the gov. tit. ” BONUS” hey, maybe that’s how to fix the debt. just sayin

  • Evie

    So people should just be sitting ducks? Humm, well if we did not have criminals we would not need guns.
    Without cars there would be no auto accidents, without politicans and banks there would be no depression,without central planners no high utility,healhcare and food costs. I am also looking for utopia.

  • White Knuckle Driver

    Mr. Bloomberg, after successfully banning cigarettes, trans-fat, soda, and guns, will then forbid potato chips and legos (choking hazard), forks and knives, teeth, finger nails, and knuckles. Bloomberg and his ilk want guns taken because they know their deeds are being disclosed incrementally and are thus reducing their chances of unexpected execution.

  • marine

    ok, you give up your armed detail, cause i dont have one.

  • Lutz


    You’re a pile of liberal shit. Someone needs to knock your head off.

  • Firesword

    Hypocrite, have your many body guards give up their guns.What a despicable person , he has no idea of life in the real world as someone has been taking care of him his entire life,sissy.We can never trust you or creatures like you.

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